It goes to show how there is still room for improvement and why jury’s still out for this Manchester United backline. The £31m rated defender, who was signed from Benfica, is yet to feature in any of United’s Premier League matches this season. Manchester United won UEFA Europa League, EFL, and Community Shield last season.
He has done exactly that, perhaps helped by the fact that Lindelof is receiving a variant of the settling-in treatment Mourinho gave Henrikh Mkhitaryan a year ago.
And according to the Sun, Mourinho has chose to keep the 27-year-old at Old Trafford as a back-up option and will not consider any offers made during the closing stages of the transfer window.
Mourinho tried to sign Willian early last season, but his request was rejected by the Chilean administration, but the situation has changed in the current Mercato.
They are believed to also value him at around £50m.
Yet the niggling worry remains and Mourinho does not hide it.
Willian is a player that could be considered expendable if a suitable replacement was brought in.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly registered late interest in Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, with an alleged £50m bid ready to be made. Out of the three teams, only Leicester probably possess quality attacking players of sufficient quality to worry top teams’ defences. Until their load lessens, he said, their work will have to rely primarily on muscle memory from pre-season.
If Mourinho has one skill which not many football managers in the world possess, it is the trait of identifying his best possible former players and giving them the platform to shine again.